How do tea and coffee affect your oral health?

  • By Regenerate Enamel Science

Can tea make your teeth go yellow, and is coffee bad for your teeth enamel? Here we'll discuss less favourable effects of tea and coffee on your oral health and how they can be prevented with a few simple steps. Don’t forget, if you notice major changes or pain in your teeth you should always visit your dentist.

Does tea stain your teeth? 

Finding the answer to the question ‘is tea bad for your teeth’ is pretty simple. As much as you may love a cup or two throughout your working day, tea stains teeth. An ingredient found in tea called tannin is the cause behind this bothersome staining. The darker you like your tea, the greater a staining effect it will have.

Does green tea stain your teeth?

Green tea has become a popular alternative to standard cups of tea. If you drink green tea in moderation, it can be healthier than drinking coffee thanks to its lower caffeine content and the fact sugar and milk are unlikely to be added. However, it can still contribute to the yellowing of your teeth.

Is iced tea bad for your teeth? 

You may be surprised to discover that despite iced teas being a refreshing drink to have in the summer, it can be bad for your teeth. Many options are full of sugar, which turns to acid in your mouth and can contribute to cavities.

Is coffee bad for your teeth?

While the caffeine is a great energy booster, it can also be a contributing factor to duller teeth. Coffee has less tannin than tea, but there’s still enough to add a yellowish colour to your teeth over time.

 

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How to reduce stains caused by tea and coffee 

Here are a few key steps you can take to reduce the staining caused by tea and coffee.

  1. Reduce the number of cups you have per day. Also, try to avoid sipping your drinks and instead finish them in short period of time. Every sip is a new acid attack on your enamel, so it’s better to minimise your exposure to it as much as possible.
  2. If you don’t like the idea of cutting down, consider drinking a glass of water after you’re finished with your tea or coffee.
  3. Brush your teeth twice a day or more, especially after consuming coffee or tea. However, make sure you wait at least 30 minutes before brushing to reduce the risk of enamel erosion.
  4. Follow tooth brushing by flossing to reduce the acids which can erode tooth enamel and cause teeth to become yellow.

Products to help you maintain good oral health and avoid teeth stains

Now you know that tea and coffee stains teeth, you’ll need effective products to add to your daily self-care routine. As part of your day to day tooth-care schedule, incorporate Regenerate’s Advanced Toothpaste and Regenerate’s Advanced Foaming Mouthwash. Regenerate Enamel Science™ is the first system able to regenerate enamel mineral1 with exactly the same mineral that tooth enamel is made of. It also helps to restore your teeth natural whiteness and combat the negative side effects of consuming tea and coffee.

Now we’ve shared the effects of tea and coffee on your teeth and how they can be prevented with a few simple steps, you can be sure to take the best care of your smile while still enjoying your favourite teas and coffees.

¹Acts on early invisible stages of enamel erosion. Helps to regenerate enamel by restoring its mineral content and micro hardness with regular use. Clinically proven.

The advice in this article does not constitute medical advice; it is solely available for information purposes. We recommend that you consult your dentist If you are experiencing any gum problems

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